MENDOCINO Co., 7/23/19 — Once known as the Not So Simple Living Fair, the beloved community event has returned this year as the Not So Simple Small is Beautiful Gathering, and will take place this weekend at the Groundswell Community Retreat Center in Yorkville.
This year, the more intimate event will include camping, musical performances, creek access, and more at Groundswell. Tickets are available for the entire weekend, or for one day only, but will not be available at the gate. Speakers will include Jim Tarbell, of the Grassroots Institute, along with an array of workshops led by local experts on wildcrafting, homesteading, food, farming, animal husbandry and gardening, renewable energy and home building. For a complete list of workshops and presenters, and to buy tickets, go the the event’s website or call 707.895.3243.
Here’s the full press release, with the flyer included below:
For 2019, the Not So Simple Living Fair has metamorphosed into the Not So Simple Small is Beautiful Gathering. This well loved offering of workshops and demonstrations celebrating rural living and homesteading skills will be held on July 26 -28 at the Groundswell Community Retreat Center in Yorkville. Groundswell is a small, beautiful, shaded space that implements many of the rural living skills that are the foundation of the event..Press release.
Even though our small organizing committee has scaled down the event… in some ways we are offering more. We’re excited to partner with our friends at Groundswell. The land has rustic cabins and tent camping with plenty of areas for workshops scattered throughout the woods. All around a central kitchen, dining hall, and campfire where there will be Hosted Campfire Conversations. There is access to Rancheria Creek, a hot tub available, and locally sourced community meals provided by Groundswell’s culinary team. Plus, Saturday night will be an Acoustic Band Scramble. So bring your musical instruments!
The theme this year, E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful Theory of Economics advocates for the use of appropriate technologies as if people and the planet mattered. This concept blends with the Not So Simple vision because the rural living skills/technologies offered by our presenters encourage self reliant livelihoods in harmony with the land where we live and work, our communities, our bio-regions and beyond.
Jim Tarbell will give the Key Note address. Jim is the founder of the Grassroots Institute whose mission is to give communities skills to strengthen self governance and control corporate power. He is an early advocate of Building the Economy for Our Common Good in Mendocino County. Jim and dozens of workshop participants have spent the past two years putting together the Map of the Economy for the Common Good. He will speak about the vision and purpose of the map and how participants in the Not So Simple Gathering can all be part of it.
To buy tickets, see the schedule of workshops, and learn more about the gathering visit…http://notsosimple.info/ or call 707-895-3243